The Devil's in the Detail“Incredible” and “amazing” were the words on the lips of most of the capacity audience as they emerged from the intimate little theatre in the teeming Garden of Unearthly Delights in the Adelaide parklands.

Presumably this extraordinary young man from Byron Bay has a name, but that was not revealed any more than any explanations of some of the mind boggling phenomena he demonstrates.

He has managed to control aspects of his body and mind to the extent that he can exploit them as genuine and fascinating, (if at times repellent for the squeamish) entertainment. He holds world records in sword swallowing, an ability he demonstrates with X-ray proof, and slows his own pulse until it actually stops.

There is a disarming sense of genuineness about him, as he explains and demonstrates deceptions that have been wrought by others, such as the “surgery” without anaesthetics or implements, to the satisfaction of this sceptical reviewer.

Yet other parts of his show are every bit as mind bending as the fork, spoon and glass bending he demonstrates. Certainly Uri Geller has been debunked to some extent, but in this show we saw spoons, forks and a wine glass bend before our eyes when the performer was not touching them. His explanation – not divine power, not a psychic phenomenon, not the power of his mind, but the control of the flow of energy – if that is any more enlightening. I know the volunteers from the audience are not all stooges, because my wife was selected at random, and the stem of the wine glass bent while she was holding it. That glass teeters now in our glass cabinet as a testimonial.

There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio…

The Space Cowboy presents

Part of the 2009 Adelaide Fringe Festival

Venue: Bosco Theatre | The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Dates: 20 February – 8 March 2009
Tickets: $24, Conc $20
Bookings: FringeTix 1300 FRINGE (1300 374 643) |

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